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10 Fun Things To Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana: Labor Day Festival, Varsity Football, and Snow White Opening


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Each week we will be bringing you 10 fun things to do in Northwest Indiana over the weekend, so you are never without something to do!2012-paige-and-the-reverent-few

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Diane Warren


Diane-Warren-4Sitting in her vastly decorated office, Mrs. Diane Warren, the guidance counselor at Washington Township High School, typed away on her computer. A veteran of 28 years in the Washington Township Guidance Department, Warren has been active in many curriculum changes at Washington Township. A perk of working at the same school for nearly 30 years is getting to know all the students, their families and seeing them come back with their children, she said.

“Two of my greatest achievements have been getting dual-credit programs at Washington Township and working closely with Valparaiso University to bring Chinese classes to our students. My job is knowledge-based, gathered over the years. I like the consistency of the...

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Introducing Deb Porter, State Senate Candidate


Deb-PorterDeb is a product of Porter County, where she was born, raised, and has lived most of her adult life. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Valparaiso University, where she met Mike, her husband of more than 30 years. After spending a few years living out-of-state, Deb and her husband decided to relocate permanently to Valparaiso to raise their two children.

"There were so many things that attracted us to this community. It's such a friendly environment and provides so many ways for people to get involved. My husband and I have always been impressed by the schools, the parks, and the downtown amenities. It was a perfect fit for us from day one."

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My Family Express Social Media Plan


dave-woodson-shotFamily Express has been around for a while in the region. I am not sure when they started, but they seem to dot the map from La Porte to Monon and just about all points in between. I think it is great that they want to plant a flag on the social media landscape here in the region. What took them so long to come to the realization that they needed to do it and I wonder still more why other regional and national companies are not.

While this is directed to Family Express, I want other companies in the northwest Indiana and south Chicagoland to see this for what it really is? An open resume for what I and others in the northwest Indiana can do to help grow your business online.

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Teamwork and Positive Attitudes - Amazing How Related They Are

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I am often accused of being hopelessly optimistic, even delusional at times. One who sees the silver lining in a storm cloud that actually contains a zillion watts of energy that is about to strike down on me in the rain, while I happily dance and think about how much the grass loves the nourishment. While I would not argue that my mental state is at least a couple of standard deviations from the norm of what would be considered healthy, there is a method to the madness, and for the Life of me, I often cannot understand how others see things so differently than I do. Life is about choices, so why not choose to see the green in the grass and the smiles on the girls wet faces, versus the mud in the back seat and the musty smell the next morning when...

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10 Fun Things To Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana: Taste of Porter County, Tour de La Porte, and Dancing with the Stars


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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Lorie Cook


LorieCookVLM2She sat on one of the big blue cushy blocks in the Field House of Valparaiso High School. Her smile was easy and her disposition was sunny. It wasn’t hard to see why Lorie Cook, the head gymnastics coach for VHS was a Valpo Life in the Spotlight.

Cook was born and raised jut outside of Buffalo, New York. What brought her to Indiana was college.

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12 Top Tips of How Not To Run Social Media Marketing for Family Express


leanne-hoagland-smithCreating an efficient (doing things right) and effective (doing the right things) when it comes to social media marketing can be almost a Herculean task. And for each firm, there will be certain unique actions as well as common ones. However real, tangible success will be achieved by avoiding these often ignored actions that can torpedo the best social media plans and deep six the coffers of profitability.

So if I was on the executive team for Family Express, I would avoid these “what not to do” minefields that could blow up any social media marketing actions and potentially create long term negative buzz meaning negative revenue.

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10 Fun Things To Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana: Concert in the Park, Party in the Park, and Benefit Bike Ride


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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Reid Amones


Reid-AmonesMeet the new Head Principal of Valparaiso High School, Reid A. Amones. He is a genial sort with a relaxed and confident disposition.

Amones grew up in Wabash, Indiana and attended Northfield Junior-Senior High School. In the fall of 1997, Amones and his wife moved to Valparaiso after both of them secured jobs in Portage.

“I contacted a guy who I was going to coach with and asked, 'Where do people live when they work in Portage?'” Amones said with a laugh.

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A Valpo Native in Senegal


Lisa-Floran-Senegal-1Lisa is a 2005 graduate from Valparaiso High School. To follow along with her work in Senegal, visit her blog here.

I work as a preventative health volunteer here in Senegal, but because I live in an urban area, a lot of my work has shifted to youth empowerment. My primary assignment is to develop and evaluate a Life Skills curriculum for local women’s groups, but one of my largest and most rewarding endeavors is directing a youth leadership camp. In Valpo, I was a program coordinator and mentor for the United Methodist Church’s Nexus program, and now I found myself doing similar work in...

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